Just because you’re vegan, does not mean you have to give up some holiday favorites like hot cocoa.
My husband has been vegan for almost two years now. In support of his dietary change, have been trying to find recipes which not only are vegan, but taste just as delicious. Since it’s the holiday season I set out to find a hot cocoa recipe.
The only difference between regular hot cocoa and vegan is vegan hot cocoa doesn’t contain milk powder.
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In the recipe it recommends using three tablespoons full of the mixture, but we found it to be really sweet. I would recommend one, tasting, and adding maybe a second scoop of the mixture.
Since this recipe is vegan, we added the hot cocoa powder to warmed very creamy oat milk. We have taste tested several non dairy milk alternatives and oat milk is by far the best. Which is perfect especially for those with nut allergies since most non dairy is either almond milk or cashew nut.
**Coconut is considered a fruit, but there is much debate if it’s truly a tree nut. If you have any nut allergies, I would recommend using whatever milk you are comfortable with.**
Topped with vegan marshmallows, non dairy whipped cream, and dark chocolate chips, this drink is a desert in and of itself. To add an extra holiday twist, I found these peppermint spoons from the dollar tree. (See what I did right there.)
I set up the cutest little corner cocoa bar with this beverage cooler from Decor Steals. I used Santa mugs, similar ones to mine are found here, and I placed all the ingredients in various mason jars I already have in our home. To keep the whipped cream cool, I slipped them into a Yeti can holder (remove the plastic top first).
These would make a cute little gift for a special someone.
Even though this vegan journey has me reading a lot of labels and doing a lot of research, it’s worth it because it’s important to the people in my life.
Here are some other handmade Christmas ideas.